Government moves to block VPN as Ugandans vow to dodge social media tax

Affected. A lady uses WhatsApp. Many social media users were taken unawares by the tax yesterday. PHOTO BY RACHEL MABALA

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KAMPALA. Government has moved to block Virtual Private Networks (VPN) that several Ugandans have installed on their mobile gadgets in a bid to dodge government’s social media tax.
The Shs200 daily social media tax took effect yesterday, forcing some Ugandans to resort to VPN, a technology that creates a safe and encrypted connection over a less secure network, such as the internet.
However, the executive director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Mr Godfrey Mutabazi, said they have all the needed software to block VPN services.


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